Christmas holidays on Baltic coast (December 2019)
Day 1 (Sunday, December 22): Flight Amsterdam-Hamburg, Schwerin castle, check-in in Backsteinquartier in Rügen (holiday home: Backsteinquartier, Putbus)
Day 2 (Monday, December 23): Prora (Former Nazi beach resort) and Sellin Pier (holiday home: Backsteinquartier, Putbus)
Day 3 (Tuesday, December 24): Rimwalk to the Kreidefelsen, which are white chalk cliffs in Jasmund National Park (Königsstuhl and Victoria-Sicht) and Lohme city (holiday home: Backsteinquartier, Putbus)
Day 4 (Wednesday, December 25): Beach walk along white chalk cliffs, Kreidefelsen in Sassnitz, car tour to north Rügen (holiday home: Backsteinquartier, Putbus)
Day 5 (Thursday, December 26): Hanseatic town of Stralsund and deer park (holiday home: Backsteinquartier, Putbus)
Day 6 (Friday, December 27): Short visit to Hanseatic Wismar and check-in Landal Greenparks in Travemünde, stroll in the Priwall waterfront (apartment: Landal Greenparks Travemünde)
Day 7 (Saturday, December 28): Hanseatic city of Lübeck, explore Travemünde village (apartment: Landal Greenparks Travemünde)
Day 8 (Sunday, December 29): Travemünde boulevard and lazy Sunday afternoon (apartment: Landal Greenparks Travemünde)
Day 9 (Monday, December 30): Longer visit to Hanseatic city of Wismar (apartment: Landal Greenparks Travemünde)
Day 10 (Tuesday, December 31): Laboe U-boat and Laboe Naval Memorial, Plön Castle, Silvester fireworks (New Years Eve) on Priwall waterfront (apartment: Landal Greenparks Travemünde)
Day 11 (Wednesday, January 1): Return home: Hamburg-Amsterdam
December 22, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Berlin 15th edition of Festival of Lights (October 2019)
The 2019 theme for the Festival of Lights is “Lights of Freedom”. On this 15th edition of the festival, the theme was chosen to celebrate 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.
The most impressive sights are: illumination of Berlin Dom, moving displays at: Brandenburger Tor, Hotel de Rome on Bebelplatz, Museum für Naturkunde, James-Simon-Galerie and on the Fernsehturm.
Our home for the long weekend, was the Radisson hotel, in the city center, close to the Fernsehturm, Alexander Platz and the Berliner Dom.
Day 1 (Thursday, October 17): flight Amsterdam-Berlin, at night Fernsehturm, Berlin Dom, Bebelplatz, Brandenburger Tor, James-Simon-Galerie
Day 2 (Friday, October 18): Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche, Teufelsberg; at night: Potsdamer Platz, Bebelplatz, Neuer Marstall. Lost sole of shoe about 3 km from hotel. Emergency repair with duct tape.
Day 3 (Saturday, October 19): Buy new shoes, Marienkirche, Berliner Dom roof visit; at night: Nikolaiviertel, Konzerthaus, Bebelplatz, Bode Museum, Berlin Dom
Day 4 (Sunday, October 20): Großer Stern monument, Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche, the wall, Checkpoint Charlie; at night: area around Kurfürstendamm, Großer Stern, Hauptbahnhof, Invalidenpark, Museum für Naturkunde
Day 5 (Monday, October 21): flight home Berlin-Amsterdam
17-21 October 2019
12 Days in Bavaria (December 2018)
During Christmas time we did short trip to historic Bavaria in Germany.
Day 1 (Sunday, 23 Dec): Flight Amsterdam-Munchen, Schloss Nymphenburg (hotel: Marriott Oberpfaffenhofen)
Day 2 (Monday, 24 Dec): Landsberg am Lech (cabin: Center Parks Allgau)
Day 3 (Tuesday, 25 Dec): Schwangau and Schloss Neuschwanstein (cabin: Center Parks Allgau)
Day 4 (Wednesday, 26 Dec): Lindau (cabin: Center Parks Allgau)
Day 5 (Thursday, 27 Dec): Oberstdorf (cabin: Center Parks Allgau)
Day 6 (Friday, 28 Dec): Ulm and Schwabisch Hall (apartment: Lunina Apartments, Ingelfingen)
Day 7 (Saturday, 29 Dec): Rothenburg ob der Tauber (apartment: Lunina Apartments, Ingelfingen)
Day 8 (Sunday, 30 Dec): Weikersheim and Rothenburg ob der Tauber (apartment: Lunina Apartments, Ingelfingen)
Day 9 (Monday, 31 Dec): Nurnberg and Regensburg (hotel: Sorat Insel hotel Regensburg)
Day 10 (Tuesday, 1 Jan): Regensburg (hotel: Sorat Insel hotel Regensburg)
Day 11 (Wednesday, 2 Jan): Walhalla and Landshut, flight Munchen-Amsterdam
23 Dec – 2 Jan, 2019
Hohenschwangau (December 2017)
The village of Hohenschwangau is all about King Ludwig II. He built the famous Schloss Neuschwanstein. The castle was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping beauty.
We visted the castle, and some villages around Hogenschwangau.
Our hotel was a small boutique hotel. It is walking distance to restaurants and both famous castles. From our room we could see the illuminated Schloss Neuschwanstein.
Potsdam & Rakotz Brücke (October 2016)
On the Internet we found images of the Rakotz Brucke. This is an amazing looking old bridge, in Kromlau Park, close to Gablenz and the Polish border. The Rakotz Brucke is one of the so called “Devils Bridges”. It is build around 1860. When there is no wind, the refelction of t he bridge is a perfect circle in the lake.
Potsdam was a very suitable place to stay. There is a lot to see: castles (Sanssouci, Babelberg); Hollandischer Viertel; Glienikcer Brucke (or the Spybridge”).
October 20, 2016
Festival of Lights Berlin (October 2016)
The Festival of Light (FOL) in Berlin is a yearly open air art festival. Light shows are projected on famous landmarks, monuments, and buildings.
During the day, we visited the highlights of Berlin: the wall, the Reichstag, Unter den Linden, Holocaust Monument, and so on.
At night, we admired all the illuminated landmarks.
October 9, 2016
Oberammergau (October 2015)
Close to München is the village of Oberammergau. We stayed in a hotel Maximillian, a hotel annex beer brewery, During the long weekend, we visited many old cities, castles of King Ludwig II. This included of course the most famous of all: Neuschwanstein castle.
The autumn colors were stunning!
October 7, 2015